Aaron Miller, State Department peace warrior for 15 years, quits, and tells Ha'aretz why.
There was unprecedented security in the area around the Kennedy Space Center here yesterday. Local police, federal agencies and private security firms closed off the launch compound to passersby and conducted stringent checks on those who were authorized to enter.
Space Shuttle Columbia blasted off in a huge white cloud at precisely 10:39 A.M. local time (5:39 P.M. Israel time) carrying on board Israel's first astronaut, Col. Ilan Ramon, and six American astronauts on a 16-day research mission.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida - Israel's first astronaut, Colonel Ilan Ramon, was scheduled to blast off on board space shuttle Columbia at 10:39 A.M. Florida time today, NASA announced yesterday. Ramon and six other astronauts will embark on a 16-day research mission.